Fender guitat dating
instrument production history, production dates have been applied to various components.
Production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
Guitars with serial numbers 0001 to 6000 were made in 1954, 6000 to 9000 in 1955, 9000 to 16000 in 1956, 16000 to 25000 in 1957, 5000 to 30000 in 1958, 30000 to 40000 in 1959, 40000 to 58000 in 1960, 55000 to 72000 in 1961, 72000 to 93000 in 190 to 99999 in 1963.
Examine the neck plate for a serial number beginning with an "L." If your Telecaster has a serial number starting with an "L," this normally dates the Telecaster to the years 1963 through 1965.
While there have been periods where dramatic changes have occurred, for example: the transition periods between Leo's Fender and the CBS years, as well as the transition between CBS' Fender and the current ownership, generally speaking, most models are feature specific and do not change from year to year..
This chart contains If you are unable to place the approximate year of manufacture of your instrument using the above charts, there are a few great books available, which have invaluable information on the history of Fender instruments.
If you have serious interest in learning about the history of Fender instruments, or if you just want to try to establish the year of production of your own axe, we would highly recommend that you pick up one or more of the following books.
The American Deluxe Series use the same dating code but add a "D" in front of the "Z", i.e. The following serial numbers are somewhat outside the more, well known Fender serial number schemes.
If you have what you consider to be a somewhat "odd" serial number, please check the following chart to see if you find your serial number configuration here.
There were periods of time when this was not consistently done, (between 19), and there are certainly other examples of short periods of time, and individual pieces, where the dating was simply omitted.